This column originally appeared in the Feb. 4, 2016, issue of the Portage County Gazette. Owl update: the regal creatures have continued to appear annually in Wisconsin since the original publication. Photo below by Tim Krause. Photo of owl in field by Christina Streiff.
Being a column about recreation, this is also where we consider important questions of life. The word “recreate” is, after all, literally about reviving and remaking ourselves.
Here we ruminate on issues related to play and work, meaning and meaninglessness, our use of time, and whether a colonoscopy is more fun than hiking the Appalachian Trail.
We have both little questions and big questions. The little ones: Why do the snowy owls keep coming back, and is the movie “A Walk in the Woods” worth seeing? We’ll get to those.
The big one, which only readers can answer for themselves, is this.Continue reading